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Kobuk, Alaska
—  City  —
Location of Kobuk, Alaska
Coordinates: 66°55′3″N 156°54′25″W / 66.9175°N 156.90694°W / 66.9175; -156.90694
Country United States
State Alaska
Borough Northwest Arctic
 - Total 16.8 sq mi (43.6 km2)
 - Land 16.1 sq mi (41.7 km2)
 - Water 0.7 sq mi (1.9 km2)
Elevation 148 ft (45 m)
Population (2007)[1]
 - Total 113
 - Density 6.8/sq mi (2.6/km2)
Time zone Alaska (AKST) (UTC-9)
 - Summer (DST) AKDT (UTC-8)
Area code(s) 907
FIPS code 02-40840

Kobuk is a city in Northwest Arctic Borough, Alaska, United States. At the 2000 census the population was 109.



Kobuk is located at 66°55′3″N 156°54′25″W / 66.9175°N 156.90694°W / 66.9175; -156.90694 (66.917579, -156.906829)[2].

Kobuk is located on the bank of the Kobuk River, 10 km (7 miles) northeast of Shungnak. It is near Kobuk Valley National Park.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 16.8 square miles (43.6 km²), of which, 16.1 square miles (41.7 km²) of it is land and 0.7 square miles (1.9 km²) of it (4.34%) is water.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 109 people, 26 households, and 23 families residing in the city. The population density was 6.8 people per square mile (2.6/km²). There were 45 housing units at an average density of 2.8/sq mi (1.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 4.59% White, 93.58% Native American, 0.92% Asian, 0.92% from other races. 4.59% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 26 households out of which 61.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.2% were married couples living together, 30.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 11.5% were non-families. 11.5% of all households were made up of individuals and none had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 4.19 and the average family size was 4.26.

In the city the population was spread out with 52.3% under the age of 18, 9.2% from 18 to 24, 18.3% from 25 to 44, 17.4% from 45 to 64, and 2.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 17 years. For every 100 females there were 98.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $30,750, and the median income for a family was $20,313. Males had a median income of $71,250 versus $21,875 for females. The per capita income for the city was $9,844. There were 32.0% of families and 28.6% of the population living below the poverty line, including 28.2% of under eighteens and 57.1% of those over 64.


Kobuk was founded in 1899 as a supply point for miners north of Kobuk. A trading post, school, and mission were build and residents came to the settlement. In May 1973, a flood covered the entire village.

The economy of Kobuk is based on subsistence hunting for caribou and moose.


  1. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places in Alaska". United States Census Bureau. 2008-07-10. Retrieved 2008-07-14.  
  2. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  3. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  

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